Selection in utero: a biological response to mass layoffs.

  title={Selection in utero: a biological response to mass layoffs.},
  author={Ralph Catalano and Claire E Margerison Zilko and Katherine Saxton and Tim Bruckner},
  journal={American journal of human biology : the official journal of the Human Biology Council},
  volume={22 3},
Most research describing the biological response to unemployment appears appropriately motivated by clinical or public health concerns and focuses on death, disease, and medical care. We argue that expanding the work to include other outcomes could contribute to basic science. As an example, we use the response to mass layoffs to discriminate between two explanations of low ratios of male to female live births in stressed populations. One explanation asserts that ambient stressors reduce the… CONTINUE READING

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